Department of MusicUniversity Wind Ensemble

Returning Home

Returning to the West Coast has been a long journey for me and my family and I could not be happier to have PLU be my destination. The most important aspect of PLU that drives my enthusiasm is the vital energy of the students. This energy is challenging, thought provoking and uplifting and has served to verify that I have indeed made an excellent choice to return home.

-Dr. Edwin C. Powell


  • Doctor of Musical Arts, Conducting
    • The University of North Texas
  • Master of Music, Music Education
    • The University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music
  • Bachelor of Music, Music Education
    • University of the Pacific

Edwin Powell

Dr. Edwin Powell

Director of Bands Department of Music -- Mary Baker Russell Music Center #337 ------- 253-535-7907


Edwin C. Powell maintains an active schedule as a clinician and adjudicator worldwide conducting groups from San Francisco, California to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  He is a contributing author for the immensely popular ten volume textbook series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, by GIA Publications, and is published in the Journal of Band Research.  Dr. Powell has also been active as a producer for multiple recordings including Made in Tacoma featuring Erik Steighner, saxophones, Made in America with the Lyric Brass Quintet, was a production assistant for the Klavier Wind Recording Project, and served as the Associate Producer for the Albany Records recording of Bandanna, an Opera in Two Acts by Daron Aric Hagen.

Dr. Powell is the Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University, where he is responsible for conducting the University Wind Ensemble.  Additionally, he teaches Conducting and Music Education courses.  Dr. Powell comes to PLU via the University of Tennessee, where he was Assistant Director of Bands responsible for the Symphonic Band, the 350 member Pride of the Southland Marching Band, conducting courses and music education methods courses.

Dr. Powell has earned degrees from the University of the Pacific, the Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music and The University of North Texas where he completed a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting.  At North Texas, Dr. Powell was a Graduate Teaching Fellow studying conducting with Eugene Migliaro Corporon while responsible for teaching conducting courses, Chamber Winds and the North Texas Concert Band.  While in Cincinnati he served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant studying Music Education with Dr. Lizabeth Wing while responsible for teaching a variety of courses from Instrumental Methods to Music in Childhood Education.  Dr. Powell maintains active memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, the Conductors Guild, the National Band Association, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), Music Educators National Conference, Washington Music Educators Association and Pi Kappa Lambda.